How to Get In: University of Michigan—Ann Arbor Stephen M. Ross School of Business

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.

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7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?

We have three application rounds. We recommend that applicants submit their applications as early as they can in the process, without sacrificing quality. Applications are reviewed by multiple readers; interviews are conducted by invitation only. Decisions are made by rounds; we do not have rolling admissions.

8. Which firms recruit heavily from your school? Which firms hire the highest percentage of your graduates?

We have a good mix of recruiters from a variety of functions/industries: consulting, marketing/brand, finance/banking, general management. The top hiring companies last year were:

Deloitte Consulting, LLP

McKinsey & Company

Microsoft Corporation

Bain & Company, Inc.

Dell, Inc.

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

A.T. Kearney, Inc.

The Boeing Company

Cisco Systems, Inc.


Booz & Company

9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?

Thinking that a high GMAT score and five years of full-time work experience will offset poorly written essays or an uncompelling reason for an M.B.A. Or thinking that they'll make up for what they lack in the application through a great interview. Someone with a weak essay won't be invited to the interview stage.

10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?

We pride ourselves on the diversity of our class, so there really isn't an archetype. In addition to someone's personal, academic, and professional achievements, we look for students with demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills, students who show passion for the things they do and have a track record of getting involved, students who will take advantage of the opportunities offered here and get engaged the school community.